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Recent blog post - 2019

2020-01-01 • Matt

Movies

See my 2019 movie stats on my Letterboxd

Books

I finished 9 books in 2019. Here are some highlights:

  • Death’s End, by Cixin Liu - The excellent conclusion to the excellent Three Body Problem Trilogy.
  • Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension, by Matt Parker - A fun summary of many mathematical topics made approachable to the layperson. I read the original British edition, but you can read the American version where they took all the “u”s away from next to the “o”s.
  • The Code Book, by Simon Singh - Another book about math, this time summarizing the history of cryptography and cryptology from prehistory to present. This book is 20 years old now, but is still as relevant as ever.
  • Ruined By Design, by Mike Monteiro - The broader “design” industry has amazing power, and we need to wield it better. If you buy this on Amazon, the book cover has a instructions for Amazon warehouse workers on how they can unionize.

TV

Too much to list exhaustively here, but here are some highlights

  • Watchmen - Already planning a rewatch. Every episode better than the last.
  • Chernobyl - Will never rewatch this. Thoroughly haunting.
  • Good Eats: The Return - Alton Brown is back, baby.
  • Only Connect - The hardest and most British TV quiz show out there. In it’s 11th year and 15th season (“series” to the Brits), I can’t believe it took me until now to start watching.
  • The Leftovers - Thanks to this episode of Do By Friday for challenging me to watch this

Video Games

  • Return of the Obra Dinn - Amazingly complex logic puzzle wrapped in a classic Mac game skin. Don’t read any spoilers, just play it
  • What the Golf - The golf game for people who hate golf games.
  • Untitled Goose Game - The goose, the myth, the legend.

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